Pavilion of Partnerships for Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality in Asia and the Pacific

28 Mar 2019
Bangkok, Thailand
Open meeting

The Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) is an annual, inclusive intergovernmental forum supporting preparations for the High-level political forum (HLPF) on sustainable development in the context of both the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly and serves as a regional platform for supporting countries, in particular countries with special needs, including through enhancing their capacity for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Forum provides a regional perspective on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by identifying regional trends, and consolidating and sharing best practices and lessons learned, considering the contributions of other United Nations system bodies at the regional level, other regional and sub regional organizations and relevant stakeholders. The APFSD also supports follow-up and review of progress on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the regional level.

The theme of the 6th APFSD is aligned with the theme of the 2019 HLPF: “Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality” and will support an in-depth review of cluster of goals 4 – Quality Education; 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth; 10 – Reduced Inequalities; 13 – Climate Action; 16 – Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions; Furthermore, goal 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development is being considered every year.

The 6th APFSD will be organized from March 27-29, 2019 at the UNCC in Bangkok. It will be preceded by a Stakeholder Forum and additional events from March 25-26, 2019.

o Scope of the Pavilion of Partnerships
The objective of the Pavilion of Partnerships is to provide additional informal space for member States, civil society, UN agencies and other stakeholders to share good practices for integrated and inclusive approaches for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with a focus on the cluster of SDGs (4, 8, 10, 13, 16 and 17) to be reviewed in-depth at the 2019 HLPF.

o How does it work?
Participants in the Pavilion of Partnerships (member States, UN agencies, other partners and stakeholders) are most welcome to share their knowledge products, audio-visual materials and other non-traditional means of information sharing and interactive engagement of audiences in addition to posters, hand-outs, leaflets, booklets, publications) at designated booths in the exhibition area, as well as during side events and networking sessions taking place during the 6th APFSD.
Networking sessions, including Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) presentations, learning café, market place sessions and others will be hosted to allow stakeholders and policy makers attending the 6th APFSD to share and promote pertinent issues in a non-formal setting.

o How to join the Pavilion of Partnerships
To join the Pavilion of Partnerships, kindly indicate your interest in exhibiting by filling out this online form (https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4777180/APFSD-2019-Call-for-Application-P...) by Friday 1st March 2019.

o Logistic Arrangements of the Pavilion of Partnerships

The Pavilion of Partnerships will take place on Level 1 and 2 of the UNCC building, strategically placed outside of Conference Room-1 and Conference Room-2, where the 6th APFSD will be held.
Should you indicate an interest in exhibiting at this year’s Pavilion, you will be requested to fill in a registration form and specify your equipment needs.
ESCAP will provide the following materials, at no cost to each pavilion partner (Please see Annex I and II):
• 1 V-shape panel with lights
• 1 Desk
• 2 Chairs

o Signage for name display (on the panel)
Exhibitors are invited to display posters, publications, banners and other exhibition materials within the booth space provided. Please note that ESCAP will not provide each booth with a monitor or a desktop computer. Participants wanting to showcase digital material at the booth are kindly requested to bring their own laptops. Electricity sockets can be provided upon request.
ESCAP will arrange several LCD displays in the Pavilion area on which videos received from Pavilion partners will be shown on a loop during the Pavilion’s operating hours (see Table 1 below). Should you wish to display a video from your organization, please indicate this on the registration form and provide ESCAP with the link of the material to upload.

Wednesday, 27 March 2018 08:00 hours 18:00 hours
Thursday, 28 March 2018 08:00 hours 17:00 hours
Friday, 29 March 2018 08:00 hours 16:30 hours

o Booth Set-up:

Pavilion partners are requested to complete the set-up of their Pavilion booths on Monday, 25 March 2019 and on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 during the day, and latest on Wednesday, 27 March 2019 between 08:00 and 09:30 hours to be make their knowledge products visible already at the first break right after the opening session of the 6th APFSD. Kindly adhere strictly to the times. Please note that no parking will be available for vehicles, but drop off and picking up of materials/equipment will be allowed in the UNCC after submitting details of the vehicle, driver and passengers for security reasons.

o Operating times:
During the Pavilion operating hours, partners are responsible for all items left unattended at their designated booth area. ESCAP cannot take responsibility for any valuables left unattended. Each Pavilion partner will be solely responsible for managing their own booth for the duration of the exhibition. Pavilion participants are encouraged to take full advantage of registration times, coffee and lunch breaks, as the main opportunities for networking with participants. It is recommended that partners arrange for at least one person to be available at their exhibition booth during these periods and throughout the day.

o Booth Removal:
On Friday, 29 March 2019, Pavilion partners are requested to remove all materials from their exhibition booths between 17:00 to 18:00 since ESCAP will be dismantling the booths shortly thereafter. Exhibitors are responsible for the removal from the ESCAP premises of all items that have not been distributed. ESCAP cannot take any responsibility for items left at exhibition booths after this time and they will be discarded accordingly.
o Contacts:
For further information, please contact: Ms. Sara Libera Zanetti (sara.zanetti@un.org)